Should You Visit Cape Cod?

Is Cape Cod worth visiting?

Yes, Cape Cod is worth visiting for a number of reasons. This is a beach destination that everyone should explore, and we loved our time here.

Whether you're a traveling as a family or a couple, this beach destination has a lot to offer. Any local will tell you what makes it special is the great food and amazing beaches.

Cape Cod is a peninsula in Massachusetts that is a popular summer beach destination. The peninsula is filled with charming towns that have compact downtowns, nice shopping, and great seafood restaurants. There are many lighthouses and sandy beaches with beautiful views as well as museums and other highlights that inform visitors about the region.

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5 Reasons to Visit Cape Cod

1. Food

The region is famous for its fresh seafood and popular dishes include the fried clams and broiled lobster. There are also many diners and brunch cafes where you can enjoy pancakes or eggs benedict.

2. Beaches

Beaches in the area include long stretches of soft sand as well as tidal pools where kids can play. Several of the best beaches around Cape Cod include Mayflower Beach, Marconi Beach, and Race Point Beach.

3. Shopping

Many of the area's towns have charming Main Streets where you can enjoy shopping and dining.

4. Resorts

Wequassett Resort and Golf Club, White Elephant Resorts, and Chatham Bars Inn are favorite resorts in the Cape Cod area.

5. Hiking

Hikes range from casual strolls to longer trails. Popular options include Bass Hole Boardwalk in Yarmouth and the 22 mile Cape Cod Rail Trail.




Is Cape Cod worth visiting in the Summer?

Summer is the high season for travel in Cape Cod, so expect more visitors and higher prices. This destination is quite touristy, so in the high season it's busier than usual. You'll see larger crowds and longer lines, as well as higher prices. On the other hand, there's plenty to see and do at this time of year because everything is open. Cape Cod is at its most beautiful in the summer.

The warm weather in summer is one of the reasons people visit at this time of year. Temperatures average around 20°C (68°F) with daily high temperatures often more than 24°C (75°F).

With the warmer weather this time of year, the beach is the main attraction. Spend time enjoying the waves and sand during your trip. Don't miss the small town charm during summer. Just take some time to wander through the local shops and see the historic landmarks around town when the weather is nice. You'll find plenty to do during summer, as you'll be able to lounge on the beach, soak up the small town charm, and take a hike. Also, you can experience the luxurious resorts.


Summer Weather in Cape Cod
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
July 20°C (68°F) 96 mm (3.8 in)
August 20°C (68°F) 78 mm (3.1 in)
September 17°C (62°F) 106 mm (4.2 in)

Is Cape Cod worth visiting in the Autumn?

This is the shoulder season for travel in Cape Cod. This destination is quite touristy, so in the shoulder season you'll still come across plenty of touriss. However, the prices tend to be a little cheaper.

Keep in mind that it can be fairly rainy during autumn, and temperatures hover around 12°C (53°F).

During this season it's fun to experience the gorgeous scenery, the quaint atmosphere, and the hiking. Also, you can take in the local charm.


Autumn Weather in Cape Cod
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
October 12°C (53°F) 111 mm (4.4 in)
November 8°C (46°F) 96 mm (3.8 in)
December 2°C (36°F) 115 mm (4.5 in)

Is Cape Cod worth visiting in the Winter?

The weather in Cape Cod can be quite cold during winter, and averages around -0°C (31°F). But be prepared for much lower temperatures, too.

The low season for travel in Cape Cod is during the winter. This destination is quite touristy, but in the low season you'll see fewer crowds and much better prices. It's a much quieter setting with colder temperatures during the winter months.

This is a great time of year to taste delicious cuisine.


Winter Weather in Cape Cod
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
January -0°C (31°F) 106 mm (4.2 in)
February -0°C (32°F) 117 mm (4.6 in)
March 3°C (38°F) 102 mm (4 in)

Is Cape Cod worth visiting in the Spring?

Spring is the shoulder season for travel in Cape Cod. This destination is quite touristy, so in the shoulder season you'll still come across plenty of touriss. However, the prices tend to be a little cheaper.

The weather in Cape Cod can be quite cold during spring, and averages around 7°C (45°F). But be prepared for much lower temperatures, too.

One of the main reasons to come this time of year is because of the gorgeous scenery. You'll find plenty to do during spring, as you'll be able to find the best deals at the shops, admire the quaint atmosphere, and take in the beautiful scenery. Also, you'll be able to explore the small town.


Spring Weather in Cape Cod
Avg Temp
(°C/°F)
Avg Rain
(mm/inches)
April 7°C (45°F) 103 mm (4.1 in)
May 12°C (53°F) 99 mm (3.9 in)
June 17°C (62°F) 91 mm (3.6 in)

Things to Consider Before Visiting Cape Cod

Nightlife
Most people don't associate Cape Cod with a lively nightlife scene. This area isn't really known for its nightlife, but the downtown of Hyannis has some activity at night.

Getting Around
The area is not very walkable, and public transit is not great here, so it might be difficult to get around without arranging your own transportation.

The Cost
Depending on your budget, schedule, and travel style, Cape Cod might be an expensive destination for you. You can find out the travel costs for Cape Cod here or see if Cape Cod is expensive here.

Related

What is Cape Cod most famous for?

Cape Cod is most famous for its long scenic coastline, charming compact towns, and magnificent migrating whales. People visit this impressive beach destination for its great food, beaches, and shopping. Also, it's known for resorts and hiking. It is often described as maritime, beautiful, peaceful, relaxing, laid-back, and wealthy.


What is the most famous sight in Cape Cod?

The most popular sight in Cape Cod is The Cape Cod National Seashore. You can see prices and costs for this and other sights in Cape Cod on our travel costs page.

Or, see tickets, activities, and tours for The Cape Cod National Seashore and other attractions here.

How touristy is Cape Cod? Is it a popular beach destination to visit?

Cape Cod is a popular beach destination for tourists and travelers. Here are some of the most popular activities and tours. (Prices in US Dollars)


    • Kayak The Creek Nature Tour: $80
    • National Seashore Tour with Guided Hike: $65
    • Private Province Town Pedicab Tour: $149
    • Cape Cod Explorer Tour: $80
    • Mayflower Trolley Tour!: $38
    • The Anne Hutchinson Tour of Provincetown: $30
    • Cape Cod Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour: $17
    • Private Open-Air Pedicab Tour in Provincetown: $117

    How long should I spend in Cape Cod?

    The ideal length of time for a trip to Cape Cod is at least five or as many as seven days. Since Cape Cod has activities such as dining, beaches, and shopping, many visit for up to seven days.

    If you have a specific amount of time for your trip, see our advice about how much time to spend here: Should I spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Cape Cod?, Should I spend 3, 4, or 5 days in Cape Cod?, and Should I spend 1 or 2 weeks in Cape Cod?.